Presenting at Local Service Clubs

Presenting at Probus

Associate Professor Gustavo Duque, Gwen McMaster-Fay of NMRF with Penrith Probus Member.

Associate Professor Gustavo Duque, Gwen McMaster-Fay of NMRF with Penrith Probus Member.

It was with great pleasure that I presented recently with Associate Professor Gustavo Duque from the Sydney Medical School Nepean (previously known as the Nepean Clinical School) to the Penrith Probus Club. It was a very successful presentation for both the Nepean Medical Research Foundation and for the exciting work that has been completed and is in the process of being established by Associate Professor Gustavo Duque. His work investigates the changes that happen during the ageing process in bone, including the identification of the potential link between aging and senile osteoporosis, as well as the identification of potential therapeutic approaches for senile osteoporosis.

The Foundation is proud to have funded a portion of his exciting research.

The captive audience of over 100 attendees then asked many questions relevant to their concerns about the aging process which were answered by Gustavo with great insight and humour.

It was a wonderful opportunity to profile the NMRF and the "Falls and Fractures Clinic" set up by Gustavo at Nepean Hospital, as the vast majority of the Club were unaware of the organisations. Many were keen to follow through with some form of support and were insistent that we were invited to present again in the near future. Bequest forms were taken by all members and subsequently there have been initiatives and suggestions through the meeting with Probus, to raise some funding via various ways.

The Foundation is available for speaking and presenting at service clubs within the local area and at appropriate functions to provide greater awareness of the research and funding throughout the University of Sydney Medical School Nepean.

By Gwen McMaster-Fay


Glenbrook-Panther's Women's Bowling Club Donation

Lydia Fuhrmann – Former Manager NMRF, Brigitte Nanan – Researcher, Gwen McMaster-Fay – President NMR

Lydia Fuhrmann – Former Manager NMRF, Brigitte Nanan – Researcher, Gwen McMaster-Fay – President NMRF and Pat Debnam – President Glenbrook-Panthers W.B.C.

The President of Glenbrook-Panther’s Women’s Bowling Club, Pat Debnam donated to Gwen McMaster-Fay, President, Nepean Medical Research Foundation, University of Sydney, Nepean Clinical School a cheque for $2,000.00. Gwen expressed her thanks to the ladies their achievement for raising the funds to donate again this year to the Foundation. Dr Brigitte Nanan spoke about Research being undertaken at Nepean Hospital on this subject "Preeclampsia", which is a common disease in pregnant women. From this event the money raised will go towards research in Paediatrics at Nepean Hospital.


Penrith Rotary Club

Gwen McMaster-Fay of NMRF making a presentation to Mr Keith Willoughby of Penrith Rotary Club Inc.

Gwen McMaster-Fay of NMRF making a presentation to Mr Keith Willoughby of Penrith Rotary Club Inc.

George Rabie of NMRF receiving a cheque from Mr Keith Willoughby of Penrith Rotary Club Inc.

George Rabie of NMRF receiving a cheque from Mr Keith Willoughby of Penrith Rotary Club Inc.


Barry Leaney

Barry Leaney presenting the cheque to Deanna Melbin – Manager of the NMRF

Cheque presented: Barry Leaney presenting the cheque to Deanna Melbin – Manager of the NMRF. Photo courtesy of The Blue Mountains Gazette, Wednesday 20th April 2011.